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Hagerstown woman wins award from Maybelline

December 06, 2008

NEW YORK - Anna Shetler of Hagerstown, one of 10 national recipients of the Maybelline New York Beauty of Education Awards, was honored Thursday night at a gala awards dinner at the New York Public Library in New York City.

The award recognizes women who motivate, mentor and make a difference in their communities through the power of education.

Shetler, a senior at the University of Maryland, was selected from among thousands of entries across the United States, according to a release from Maybelline.

Shetler will receive a $10,000 grant earmarked to support her educational cause, HOODHOP Inc., along with the opportunity to have the school showcased in a national ad in People magazine.

At age 17, using money from summer jobs and fundraisers, Anna Shetler started a free dance program at three housing projects in Washington County. Her nonprofit organization, HOODHOP Inc., now provides dance lessons to youngsters in seven low-income housing projects all summer long, culminating in a neighborhood dance-off at which the students perform. Several of the older children now help teach dance with Shetler.

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"The outlet of dance has given so many individuals something positive to do, myself included, in a place where it is so easy to get into trouble," Shetler said in the release. "We have been blessed with this award and, in the future, we plan to buy a building and open an after-school program centered around the arts."

More information can be found at www.myspace.com/hoodhopinc1.

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